Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Parsley is a plant that creates a great deal of relaxation. Next time you see it as a garnish on your dinner plate, go ahead, have a bite. Taking a bath with parsley leaves will cause muscles to relax and stress to be relieved. Beyond that, parsley is a diuretic, alleviates the pain of menstruation, prevents bad breath when chewed, is high in vitamins A and C, and it stops excess milk production in nursing mothers. Parsley should not be used by pregnant women and may be toxic when used in high doses. When a tea of parsley is made, it can be used as a conditioner for your hair.

Sage is an astringent, antiseptic, and is good for mouth sores and sore throat. It can be used as a mouth rinse when made into tea. Sage can be used as an antiperspirant as it dries up excess moisture. It may help to lower blood sugar in diabetics. The juice of a leaf may be put on an insect bite to reduce the swelling (and pain). Put sage leaves in your bath (or make a lotion with the essential oil) and it will help with itchy skin problems.

Rosemary is a diuretic. Make it into tea to relieve stress and for headache relief. Rub the essential oil on your skin for a muscle relaxant. You may take a bath with rosemary leaves for the same effect. Do not take the essential oil of the rosemary internally. Women who are pregnant should not use rosemary medicinally, though the amount used for seasoning foods should be fine. A tea made from the leaves may also be used a conditioner to strengthen and smooth hair.

Thyme has antiseptic properties. It is known as a cure all for stomach ailments such as diarrhea , lack of appetite, and stomach worms. Thyme also has anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.

And in case you didn’t get the title, here is a quote for you.

“Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine” – Simon and Garfunkel

– Miranda Vivian


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